Parenting Tip: Ode to the Zip Lock Baggie

Lisa Cherry —  May 9, 2011

Image courtesy of Marcel Hol

By Lisa Cherry

This is not deep. It really starts with these three very helpful words: Zip lock baggies.

OK, I admit it. I am a non-green, zip lock baggie fanatic. But fellow moms, this simple little invention has solved so many of my nagging motherhood problems—the ones that tend to make me snap at the kids. So I am brimming with admiration and loyalty.

Don’t look for any rhyme, meter, or alliteration, but here’s my attempt at expressing my appreciation.

Zip Lock Baggies

How do I use thee? Let me count the ways:

1. For dry cereal in the car on the way to church
2. Toothpaste tubes in a suitcase.
3. Puzzle pieces that never stay in the tray.
4. That baby curl I cut from Micah’s hair but never got into the baby book.
5. Leftovers, when I can’t find the lid to the glass container.
6. Leftovers, when someone melted the lid to the glass container.
7. Poopy diapers that for a time must remain with us in the car.
8. Toddler pants that failed the potty training test run.
9. A toothpick box that someone ripped open the wrong way, sending a shower of 1000 toothpicks out of my cabinet—one by one—for six months.
10. The glittery art creation made with love for mother’s day, but still giving on the fourth of July.
11. The i-pod and earphones that I am supposed to protect from a little brother’s handling…

All sizes. In the car, at home, in the diaper bag or purse.

Need I say more?

  • Melinda McCray

    Do you live at my house? They make a great place to store games without a box because it did not make it as well. And an omelet can be boiled in one if you can believe that! Don't know how mom's made it without them before. Guess jelly jars and butter tubs. Thanks for the giggle at myself. :)

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  • Joy

    So true! :) And they are very cheap at the dollar store.
    #12 - for the piece of fruit that my son will inevitably take 2 bites of and then want me to hold or put down somewhere on the ground at the park... :)
    Hey, as a mom, you might also like this resource: It's called the Mom's Guide to Caring for Little Teeth ( Since tooth decay is one of the most common illnesses among children, it's helpful for teaching kids of all ages how to keep their teeth clean and healthy. I've found information on it for my infant and 4 year old and noticed there is even a teen section.

    • frontlinemama

      Thanks joy for the tip! Great to hear from you.